From a reader:
I unfortunately don’t know about Rossiter’s suicide, so I can’t help you there. But you should read the book. I was extremely disappointed. It’s pretty bad. And by bad, I mean it’s unscholarly, anecdotal, gossipy, unintellectual. Mostly, though, it’s just plain poorly written and ultimately unconvincing. Norton obviously has some personal axe to grind. After reading her “dissection” of Bloom’s book, I was left to wonder if she had even read it.